Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers (A FAN Program with Deborah Tuerkheimer and Megan Twohey)

We are so happy to support Family Action Network (FAN) as they welcome Deborah Tuerkheimer, author of the new book, Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers. Tuerkheimer will be interviewed by Megan Twohey. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Credible from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Tuerkheimer that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!

About the Book: The #MeToo movement touched off a massive reckoning and exposed how victims have been badly served by a system that is designed not to protect them, but instead to protect the status quo. Credibility lies at the heart of this system. In her landmark book, Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers, former prosecutor, legal expert, and leading authority on sexual violence, Deborah Tuerkheimer reveals how we are all shaped by a set of false assumptions and hidden biases embedded in our culture, our legal system, and our psyches and offers a path forward to ensuring justice is truly served.

Unbeknownst to us, we are shaped by a cluster of forces Tuerkheimer calls the credibility complex. These forces corrupt our judgments, making us too prone to both discount the credibility of accusers and inflate the credibility of the accused. The most vulnerable women experience credibility discounting at its most extreme, while men who are protected by greater status or position are the beneficiaries of massive credibility boosts.

About the Author: Deborah Tuerkheimer joined the Northwestern Law faculty in 2014 after serving as a professor at DePaul University College of Law since 2009 and the University of Maine School of Law since 2002. Prof. Tuerkheimer received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College and her JD from Yale. She teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, evidence, and feminist legal theory. Her book, Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers, will be released in October 2021. After clerking for Alaska Supreme Court Justice Jay Rabinowitz, she served for five years as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office, where she specialized in domestic violence prosecution. In 2015, Tuerkheimer was elected to the American Law Institute, an esteemed group of judges, lawyers, and legal scholars dedicated to the development of the law.

About the Interviewer: Megan Twohey (FAN ’19) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times and co-author, with Jodi Kantor, of She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement. Ms. Twohey has focused much of her reporting on the treatment of women and children. As a reporter with Reuters, she uncovered an underground network where parents gave away adopted children they no longer wanted to strangers met on the Internet, and the series was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. While reporting at The Chicago Tribune, she exposed how police were shelving DNA evidence collected after sex crimes. In response to her articles, Illinois passed the first state law mandating the testing of every rape kit.


Event date: 

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom webinar!
Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063002746
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Harper Wave - October 5th, 2021

In this landmark book, a former prosecutor, legal expert, and leading authority on sexual violence examines why we are primed to disbelieve allegations of sexual abuse—and how we can transform a culture and a legal system structured to dismiss accusers